Teachers Advisors LLC cut its stake in shares of Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) by 36.0% during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 99,955 shares of the company’s stock after selling 56,246 shares during the period. Teachers Advisors LLC’s holdings in Atmos Energy Corporation were worth $7,444,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Janus Capital Management LLC increased its position in Atmos Energy Corporation by 369.4% in the second quarter. Janus Capital Management LLC now owns 574,100 shares of the company’s stock valued at $46,686,000 after buying an additional 451,800 shares during the last quarter. Lord Abbett & CO. LLC increased its position in Atmos Energy Corporation by 103.5% in the second quarter. Lord Abbett & CO. LLC now owns 570,700 shares of the company’s stock valued at $46,409,000 after buying an additional 290,300 shares during the last quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. increased its position in Atmos Energy Corporation by 66.8% in the third quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. now owns 635,497 shares of the company’s stock valued at $47,325,000 after buying an additional 254,400 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors increased its position in Atmos Energy Corporation by 6.2% in the second quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors now owns 3,742,824 shares of the company’s stock valued at $304,366,000 after buying an additional 219,234 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Caisse DE Depot ET Placement DU Quebec increased its position in Atmos Energy Corporation by 853.8% in the second quarter. Caisse DE Depot ET Placement DU Quebec now owns 208,874 shares of the company’s stock valued at $16,986,000 after buying an additional 186,974 shares during the last quarter. 69.92% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO)

Shares of Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) opened at 74.86 on Friday. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $73.48 and a 200-day moving average price of $74.69. Atmos Energy Corporation has a 12 month low of $61.55 and a 12 month high of $81.97. The stock has a market cap of $7.78 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.17 and a beta of 0.25.

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ATO has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Argus raised Atmos Energy Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $81.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, October 31st. Seaport Global Securities initiated coverage on Atmos Energy Corporation in a research note on Friday, November 18th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $80.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Atmos Energy Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $77.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, October 11th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Atmos Energy Corporation has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $79.50.

In other news, SVP Louis P. Gregory sold 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $74.08, for a total transaction of $740,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 75,934 shares in the company, valued at $5,625,190.72. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Insiders own 1.57% of the company’s stock.

About Atmos Energy Corporation

Atmos Energy Corporation (Atmos Energy) is engaged primarily in the regulated natural gas distribution and transmission and storage businesses as well as other nonregulated natural gas businesses. The Company delivers natural gas through regulated sales and transportation arrangements to over three million residential, commercial, public authority and industrial customers in nine states located primarily in the South.

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